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Secrets of the Stone Age (1/2) | DW Documentary

May 25, 2019 By

During the Stone Age, humans shifted from the nomadic lifestyle to the more settled life of farmers. A documentary on an important period of human history. Watch Part 2 here:

Around 12,000 years ago, humans underwent a transition from nomads to settlers. That epoch, the Stone Age, produced monumental building works. Part 1 of this two-part documentary illuminates the cultural background of these structures and shows the difficulties Stone Age humans had to contend with. Until around 10,000 BC, humans lived as hunters and gatherers. Then an irreversible change began. Settlements formed. “For millions of years humans lived as foragers and suddenly their lives changed radically. This was far more radical than the start of the digital age or industrialization,” says prehistorian Hermann Parzinger, president of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation. For a long time, scholars believed that a sedentary lifestyle was a prerequisite for constructing large buildings. Then archaeologist Klaus Schmidt discovered Göbekli Tepe in southern Turkey, a 12,000-year-old complex of stone blocks weighing up to 20 tons. Its builders were still hunter- gatherers. They decorated the stone columns with ornate animal reliefs. How these structures were used and who was allowed access to them remains a mystery. But we now know that the site was abandoned and covered over once settlements took root. Human development continued its course. The discovery of agriculture and animal husbandry led to larger settlements, a changed diet and ultimately to dependence on material goods. This social upheaval in the late Neolithic period has influenced our lives up to the present day. But experts agree that the monuments of the Stone Age prove that humans have gigantomanic tendencies and a need to immortalize themselves.

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45 Comments on "Secrets of the Stone Age (1/2) | DW Documentary"

  1. DW Documentary
    May 25, 2019

    This documentary is also available to watch in Spanish
    Part 1:
    Part 2:

  2. Andy Bett
    May 25, 2019

    Thanks for your opinion. Though it's probably just that, an opinion!

  3. Baruch Ben-David
    May 25, 2019

    Amazing how there are so many archeologists in the comments section, correcting the mistakes in the video.

  4. Rick Todd
    May 25, 2019

    DW Documentary, if you want to reveal some of the "secrets of the stone age" , you need to talk of Gobekli Tepe, built over 7,000 years before Stonehenge. Or don't you believe in Gobekli Tepe?

    You rightly ask such deep questions, for example, as to what Carnac in Brittany could've been used for. But not once do you even suggest that archeoastronomy may have been used, as it is with so, so many other stone age megaliths around the world.

    So many questions you don't ask. This video is more about defending a pre-existing paradigm than it is scientific. For this reason alone, thumbs down.

  5. Jorge Augusto Guberte
    May 25, 2019

    The amount of ads makes the video unenjoyable

  6. Electronic Music 2017
    May 25, 2019

    Migration is so far just a theory...

  7. Ok CarStudio
    May 25, 2019

    one more comment.

  8. jukebox symposium
    May 25, 2019

    Carnac stones are the Road to Atlantis

  9. Corey Johnson
    May 25, 2019


  10. N Davtyan
    May 25, 2019

    Hunter gatherers??? These "scientists" have either corrupt intentions or are incredibly dumb.

  11. Hashir Farhan
    May 25, 2019

    Dont they have hover board to walk fast plus kill fast

    May 25, 2019

    How can people still spend money on videos like this. These are fairy tales! Review your concepts before so many ignored evidences we come through every new day.

  13. Stryker Jones
    May 25, 2019

    I don’t fully understand the reason for such a hard date regarding the creation of agriculture.

    Does anyone else question how the first agrarian society basically created every hallmark of civilization and cities the very first go?

    It seems to me there must have been steps in between, a type of evolution that must have happened along the way. I would be much more satisfied if scientists and experts weren’t so self assured and rigid on their timelines. They state definitively that all is known when in fact it’s only what they know now with a created scenario that fits their model.

    This type of “science” would be absolutely unacceptable in any real scientific field. They have created a hypothesis on a known variable and omitted the rest with no need of a proof. Basically step 1 straight to step 5 and don’t talk about the in betweens.I am the expert, I have spoken.

  14. greensolarwind
    May 25, 2019

    An ad after three minutes? Can we say greedy losers?

  15. Rehoboth Farm
    May 25, 2019

    @20:26 did they ever consider that it might be a kitchen and a cafeteria? How do they know it was a temple and some 'inner sanctum'? They don't. This is all speculation.

  16. They went because it was there. I think our history goes much, much, further back. Water was lower thousands of years ago, makinthe crossings easier. I hope I can see it some day.

  17. lizardywizard
    May 25, 2019

    "For ages" at least I didn't waste more time, thanks

  18. Bill Dickson
    May 25, 2019

    02:13 Only 12,000 years ago - are you a bit out with your dates? The brain of a modern human being is a lot older than 12,000 years. Do you think mankind had the same mental capacity 12,000 years ago or 100,000 years ago? Mankind has a history of clever people who could think out of the box, they had geniuses, just like we have geniuses to day. They had advanced technology just as we have advanced technology. They had natural worldwide disasters (Reset) just as we have had resets.

  19. twisterchaser 1
    May 25, 2019


  20. EnduroEspresso
    May 25, 2019

    i literally feel dumber after the first 4 min of this documentary

  21. nicholascremato
    May 25, 2019

    the human race has never built megalithic structures. this video is 50 years behind,. stonehenge is over 11,000 years.

  22. Super Hero
    May 25, 2019

    This is such an awful video. Mockumentaries like this continue to set back our understanding of history.

  23. Super Hero
    May 25, 2019

    Gave up at 3:30 ... GT was built by nomads? Mmmmkay.

  24. Dj Tweni
    May 25, 2019

    Archeology is the science of assumption

  25. Ima Farmer
    May 25, 2019

    You keep saying sedentary life. There would have been nothing sedentary about beginning to farm the land, to plant and harvest. It would have been more work to stay put than follow the herds like wolves. It was bc of evolution of learning. Neanderthals received an intervention of knowledge , from where it is unclear exactly .

  26. D. P.
    May 25, 2019

    Ancient history you suppose to know is Middle Ages literature @

  27. Ra JoBa
    May 25, 2019


    Each dot represents a thousand years of human history.
    P - marks the first cave paintings
    F - the beginning of farming
    C - the first civilization

    People with the same anatomy like ours, but without the slightest curiosity whatsoever.
    The same dialog over and over ...
    "look here, this is how we make stone tools. I'll teach you how to do it"
    "look here, this is how we make stone tools. I'll teach you how to do it"
    "look here, this is how we make stone tools. I'll teach you how to do it"
    "look here, this is how we make stone tools. I'll teach you how to do it"
    "look here, this is how we make stone tools. I'll teach you how to do it"
    "look here, this is how we make stone tools. I'll teach you how to do it"
    "look here, this is how we make stone tools. I'll teach you how to do it"

  28. Dog Serious
    May 25, 2019

    Obelix is responsible for the positioning of a lot of the menhir's, he used to walk about with them on his back.
    He fell into Getifix's cauldron when he was a baby, that's why he's so strong.

  29. Wayne Bryan
    May 25, 2019

    fave tho-sand yars aygo

  30. Steve Lindsay
    May 25, 2019

    They were covered up by a global flood and the mainstream sciences will not admit it. It's filled with sand. It's not a mystery as to how it was filled.

  31. Marcelo Galvao
    May 25, 2019

    Congrats DW, always infomative! A nice doc that shows the current view of archeologic science. Strange that in any moment the flood and the younger dryars were mentioned. Also weird that the oldest megalitic is the finest too. Last, this explanation that people build Gobekli and became sedentary was badly explained.

  32. B.T.Busch
    May 25, 2019

    This is Ignorant

  33. icanfix1
    May 25, 2019

    Why do ancient ruins found always have to be a temple? Maybe it was a plaza or market or something all together different.

  34. daniel Leduc
    May 25, 2019

    Graham Hancock, John Anthony West, Robert Bauval, and Robert Schoch. Everyone who had any interest in this documentary should research these names, and there contributions to the ancient history community.

  35. Gracchi
    May 25, 2019

    16:15 ,that map shows current sea levels, not giving you a true vision of what that area looked like 5000 years ago, let alone 12,000 year ago.

  36. James
    May 25, 2019

    thousands of years from now humans will look back at Donald Trump's Mexican wall entries and wonder what those things were. It will be Stonehenge 2019

  37. 2Bot Shakur
    May 25, 2019

    False information

  38. Luis Santos
    May 25, 2019

    The site was not build it was cast.

  39. Js103036
    May 25, 2019

    Lol gobekli tepe has more to do with Ia and sumerian mythology then what is proposed of the neolythic humans described in the documentary.

  40. strangetranceoffaith
    May 25, 2019

    Pretty good doc thanks such a relief to see something where idiots are not making claims they can support only by hyperbolly.

  41. David Regier
    May 25, 2019

    I think investigating crop circles might be a good place to excavate. If it is a sign from another race maybe there just marking technologies that already exist here but are just covered up. And to expand on that thought perhaps unvailing whatever may lie beneath certain crop circles might change everything weve ever known or atleast answer some of our many questions.

    I think its time we start looking deeper :)

  42. Megattron
    May 25, 2019

    it would be nice to see Stone Henge by video before they raised a few stone blocks back on top in the early 1900s. One vertical stone for every clan.

  43. Modern Modern
    May 25, 2019

    Building of the Pyramids and RA’s arrival and Chinese language creation meet same time; BC 1790.

  44. dave angel
    May 25, 2019

    Sadly we will never know why the savages did this shot

  45. Gail Howes
    May 25, 2019

    Why was the need to worship anything in the first place? Same as with the need to sacrifice fellow people to fill a want, what makes some areas sacred ? How did they and why there were leaders strong enough physically and mentally to make the people fallow these “ leaders”, to insist on human sacrifice ?

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